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Lost Radio Rounders: Political Songs

"Little Vanny"

(To the tune "Rosin the Beau")
Recorded live in Valatie, N.Y.

Also from 1840 comes this Whig party attack on Martin Van Buren. Harrison proponents managed to present Van Buren as spoiled, pampered, and indifferent to the needs of the people despite the fact that he was the only president whose grandparents came to North America as indentured servants.

With “Little Vanny” the Whigs made fun of Van Buren’s lack of military service, his height, his style of dress, and even his name. Harrison would win the election, catch cold at his inauguration,and die just weeks after taking office.

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